The State Fair!

I’m a little late on posting about the state fair, but, mark your calendar for next end-of-August. It’s sunny and delightful and street after street of food booths and music and animals and art.

Minnesotans {in general} wait 11 months for this event-of-the-year.  They save change, collected from pockets and under car seats and between couch cushions to have an extra bit of fair spending money.  They plan their routes and essential stops as if they’re on a safari hunt. For cheese curds.

IMG_1672

IMG_1677

One of the first things we did after moving here last summer was go to the fair with my aunt, uncle, and cousins. Welcome to Minnesota!

IMG_1656

IMG_1683

This year, my love and I went solo, but ended up meeting some friends who happened to be going to see the Macklemore concert that night at the grandstand.  We shared Australian potatoes. DELICIOUS.

IMG_1641

IMG_1707

IMG_1659

The fair prides itself on being in competition for the biggest state fair in the nation {Texas is our biggest competition}. You could walk around for days just eating deep fried food on sticks. Some people do! One afternoon was just perfect for us, thank you. 🙂 A lovely date that involved people watching, our beloved cheese curds, and about four miles of walking.

IMG_1702

Our day took us to a few favorite spots:

The only cheese curds booth to stop at.  None of the others know how to deep fry them right.

IMG_1661

IMG_1660

IMG_1663

Tip – bring a camelback full of water. We were so glad we did… it was in the nineties that day!

Local craft beers and garlic fries.

IMG_1684

IMG_1687

The dairy barn and this strawberry rhubarb malt. {it’s not tomato sauce, promise.}

IMG_1621

IMG_1625

They also have dairy princess busts carved into blocks of butter. Yes. You read that correctly. One per county.

IMG_1622

IMG_1623

The miracle of birth barn. There are fluffy, downy chicks, piglets, sheep, and calves. Adorableness. {Side note and little known Aly fact: As a little girl, I actually wanted to grow up to be a farmer.  Except for the getting up at 4 am daily and the constant smell of manure and the fact that I can’t really keep plants alive for longer than a couple of months it’s not a bad career choice…}

IMG_1640

The local artists building. A good break from stuffing our faces with deep fried deliciousness.

IMG_1682

IMG_1667

An old timey dinner and a movie joint. Which included roasted corn scallion cream sauce wood fired pizza as well as sweet corn ice cream topped with bacon brown sugar syrup and toffee popcorn. Also, the Addams Family was on. We sat and feasted on our corny dinner and dessert. Watched some corny oldschool tv. The seats were old mini-van benches. Took me back, friends.

IMG_1695

IMG_1696

IMG_1700

IMG_1698

Then, the rain started. We ran the couple miles back to our car {parking is in neighboring Como parking lots and streets – we parked at a local school. Always love to support schools when I can!}.

IMG_1701

I am not entirely sure that all of the walking we did canceled out our deep fried/frozen dairy treats/beer caloric intake, but I’d like to think every now and then having some quirky eats is entirely worth it.

Some other sights we took in:

Shoutout to my friends at the French Meadow!

Shoutout to my friends at the French Meadow!

Beergarita! Authentic, I know.

Beergarita! Authentic, I know.

O'Gara's at the fair. Love the irish flair, and the misters!

O’Gara’s at the fair. Love the irish flair, and the misters!

IMG_1676

The most handsome fair-goer.

Leinie's Lodge - folksy musicians play here all week.

Leinie’s Lodge – folksy musicians play here all week.

Sweet Martha's cookie buckets were everywhere!

Sweet Martha’s chocolate chip cookie buckets were everywhere!

Next time...

Next time…

IMG_1649

Probably never.

Spin in a capsule at a zillion miles per hour and hundreds of feet in the air and then plummet towards earth only to be thrust skyward again? Probably never. No probably about it. Never. Buuuuut, Fresh French fries? Most definitely.

A girl and her pony. Also, love the braids.

A girl and her pony. Lovelovelove the braids.

Hot dish on a stick. Is that possible? Also, Deep Fried Banana Split? Seriously. Only at the fair.

Hot dish on a stick. Is that possible? Also, Deep Fried Banana Split? Seriously. Only at the fair.

Love the Summit!

Love the Summit!

Most definitely will have one of these next time.

Most definitely will have one of these next time.

Everyone in the state. Here with us. F.U.N.!

Everyone in the state. Here with us. F.U.N.!

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “The State Fair!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s